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May 18 – 21  US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale

May 20 - 21 Mentone Rhododendron Festival

May 27 DeSoto State Park Campfire Talk: Snakes Alive! 

May 29 Memorial Day Kayak Rentals at The Boat Shack

June 3 Great Outdoors Day hosted by Alabama State Parks

June 10 Blue Grass on the Rim








 
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 2017 Calendar of Events

May

May 17 Wildcrafting Wednesdays A program brought to you by a partnership between One World Adventure, Seven Pines Survival and DeSoto State Park. Wildcrafting is a term for the age-old practice of collecting plant materials in their natural habitat for food, medicine, and craft. These classes are for anyone to build wildcrafting skills and deepen your connection with the natural world. It's also a great program for home-school groups that will help students develop their observation skills, critical thinking and natural intelligence. Led by naturalist Robert Wilson, you will learn Wildcrafting from ethical harvesting to creating nature's medicine cabinet. Most of all, you will be participating hands-on in nature, making it a meaningful and memorable activity. What to bring: Water bottle, notebook and pencil, camera. DeSoto State Park $12 per person - 1 hour class. Pre-registration is required-limited to 10 participants. Email angie@oneworldadventureco.org to pre-register. For questions, contact Robert atsps@sevenpinessurvival.com

May 18 – 21  US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale Follow the scenic U.S. Highway 11 from Meridian, MS to Bristol, VA for more than 500-miles of yard sales! Explore charming historic communities and downtown districts like the 1889 boom town district of Fort Payne, Alabama. 888-805-4740 & 877-871-1386www.discoverlookoutmountain.com

May 18 Hot Dog Lunch Come by and enjoy and help support Relay for Life. Hot dogs, chips, drink and dessert. $6 GH Metal Solutions on Airport Road. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can pre-order by calling 256-845-0834

May 19 – 21 Bioblitz-Little River Canyon National Preserve This service-wide initiative is a chance to inspire and engage a new generation of stewards of our fantastic natural resources, all while taking a vast snapshot of the biodiversity that is protected by our nation's parks. You can choose an easy area or challenge yourself on a canyon trail. We are lining up specialists to help discover fish, amphibians and reptiles, birds or any creature or plant that call this place home. If you are interested in leading a group in the park to document species in your field of expertise, then please call Larry @ 256-845-9605

May 19 – 21 Boat Rides Festivalgoers can enjoy the blooming riverbanks with a scenic boat ride on Little River. The boat will leave from DeSoto Falls about every 45 minutes and travel up river before returning. Each ride costs $10 and should last around 30 minutes. Hours of operation are Friday, May 19th from 1 p.m. to dusk; Saturday, May 20th from 9 a.m. to dusk and Sunday, May 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (All dates and times are weather permitting.) rhododendronfestival@gmail.com

May 20 - 21 Mentone Rhododendron Festival A bonfire and storytelling always get this event off to a great start. Live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, and much more round out the weekend.rhododendronfestival@gmail.com

May 19 – 20 Tiny House Roadshow See tiny homes in a community setting. There will be over 15 different homes designed by different builders, ranging from a 100 square tow-behind, to a 1,000 square foot frame constructed on site.  Little River Escape on Lookout Mountain close to Mentone. Get tickets and details online atwww.littleriverescape.com

May 19 Forest & Field: Explore Color Join naturalists and artists for this creative nature observation hike, combining art & nature! The focus of this nature walk is to reflect your observations of nature using a personal journaling style…..in many different ways! Learn how to keep your own nature journal while strolling along trails in DeSoto State Park. In this program, we will practice some simple color-mixing techniques and then head out to the trail to look for these colors in nature. We will record our findings in our nature journals. Art materials are provided, just bring along your favorite notebook. Watch for other events in this series: each one will be different and seasonal!  DeSoto State Park. Meet at the Nature Center next to the Country Store on Co. Rd. 89. Free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited for each event. Hikes are open to ALL ages; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 6 p.m. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more info.

May 19 Grab Bag Music at Vintage 1889 You won't have to choose which genre of music you'd like to hear on May 19th because we'll be featuring a lot of 'em. Leave the unwrapping to us. For only $10 come and sit, dine, have a drink of sparkling water or your tonic of choice, and enjoy an eclectic array of musical meanderings in the coziest, couch-filled venue in the region! We've even graciously decided to start the show a little later in the evening so you can get off work and still have some kind of a social life. From the heavy rock riffs of Headwires to the soulful, alternative moods of Red Porch Kid and Katrina Barclay to the folk, Americana vibes of Megan Saunders to the acoustic punk rock strides of Just Friends, there will be something for everyone.  8 p.m. to 12 a.m. 256-845-3380

May 20 12th Annual Southern Fried Electrafly All electric Southern Fried Electrafly., Pilots Choice Awards, Pilots Prize Drawing,Raffle prizes. $15.00 Landing fee includes lunch. Come join us for fun, food and fellowship.Swap vendors welcome. Got something to sell, bring it. Hosted by the DeKalb RC Flyers 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 20 – 21 Kayak Rentals @ the Boat Shack Rent sit on top kayaks and canoes to enjoy a peaceful paddle on Little River. Desoto Falls  3 hour rental - $30 kayak $45 tandem kayak or canoe. May 20 hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 21 hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 256-634-8370 

May 20 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Orbix Hot Glass.  Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

May 20 RTI Charity Mud Volleyball Tournament Get ready to get muddy! Minimum 8 person team, must be at least two females on the court at all times and a maximum of 10 members on the team. $0 per person for early registration and $15 for the day of event. All players must be 16 years are older. Forms can be picked up at RTI in Rainsville. Deadline to enter is May 15th.  All proceeds go to the Toys for Tots. Tournament begins at 9 a.m.

May 20 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 20 Hammondville Fire BBQ Fundraiser Come and get a plate with BBQ sandwich, chips, drink for $6 or whole butts ordered in advance for $35. This year we will also be selling T-shirts. All proceeds go to the fire department.

May 20 Paddle to Bat Cave Come along for an evening paddle trip to Nickajack Cave to view the bats as they emerge from a flooded cave. Meet at Desoto Falls at 5 p.m. Shuttle provided for first 14 people to register. Cost: $15 for children ages 13 and under and $20 for ages 14 and up. Reservations are required. To make a reservation or for more information, email angie@oneworldadventureco.org

May 20 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In You can come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and more from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-996-3857

May 20 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  256-997-9577

May 21 Rappelling @ Chicken Rock Explore scenic outcroppings along Lookout Mountain, Alabama. No previous experience is necessary to go deeper into nature in this exciting activity! Cost: $40 per person;  1:30 p.m. For more information email angie@oneworldadventureco.org

May 22 Bouldering Adventure – Atop Lookout Mountain Come experience first-hand what bouldering is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. No prior climbing or bouldering experience is needed.  Meet at True Adventure Sports. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 23 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of a cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  TAS 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577 

May 24 Sky Swing Adventure This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  Meet at True Adventure Sports 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 24 - 25 Overnight Camping Skills Class Most needed camping skills are brought to you as well as advanced skills such as how to find dry fuels, how to build a fire without smoke, how to start a fire without matches or flint, lean to construction, and safety barriers.  True Adventure Sports 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. 256-997-9577

May 24 Wildcrafting Wednesdays A program brought to you by a partnership between One World Adventure, Seven Pines Survival and DeSoto State Park. Wildcrafting is a term for the age-old practice of collecting plant materials in their natural habitat for food, medicine, and craft. These classes are for anyone to build wildcrafting skills and deepen your connection with the natural world. It's also a great program for home-school groups that will help students develop their observation skills, critical thinking and natural intelligence. Led by naturalist Robert Wilson, you will learn Wildcrafting from ethical harvesting to creating nature's medicine cabinet. Most of all, you will be participating hands-on in nature, making it a meaningful and memorable activity. What to bring: Water bottle, notebook and pencil, camera. DeSoto State Park $12 per person - 1 hour class. Pre-registration is required-limited to 10 participants. Email angie@oneworldadventureco.org to pre-register. For questions, contact Robert at sps@sevenpinessurvival.com    

May 26 Forest Discovery Walk This walk started in 2014 and is one of One World Adventure’s most popular activities in DeSoto State Park. Join naturalist Robert Wilson for an experiential journey within the forest, taking in every opportunity to learn more about the natural world. Your guide will point out the many native plants of the southern Appalachians, and teaching facts about important uses of particular plants for food, medicine, and craft. Walk will not exceed 1 1/2 hours and is limited to 10 participants. What to bring: Water bottle, notebook and pencil, camera. 10 a.m. DeSoto State Park.  $7 per person with kids free. Pre-registration is required-limited to 10 participants. Email angie@oneworldadventureco.org to pre-register. For questions, contact Robert atsps@sevenpinessurvival.com

May 26 Star Party NASA Educator John Weis is back for a star party night! We will be discussing common local constellations seen this time of year and then heading outside with the telescopes to see what is on the big screen. Join us for this family friendly free event. JSU's Little River Canyon Center  Starts at 7:30 p.m.  No fee. Contact info @ www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter

May 26 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 26 Campfire Talk: Amphibian Metamorphosis: From Egg to Frog, What a Leap!  Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors! Enjoy a fun trivia game with Jacksonville State University’s Dr. James Rayburn while exploring how amphibians transform from a single cell to the wonderful hopping creatures we all know. Meet live tadpoles…and perhaps adopt your own non-native tadpole pet! DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in campground. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gate will  open 30 minutes prior to program. Free and open to everyone. 256-997-5025

May 27 Yoga on the Mountain Start your morning off right with Dee Brown. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at DeSoto State Park. Cost is $5. To register contact 256-634-8370  

May 27 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery at Orbix Hot Glass.  Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

May 27 - 28 Kayak Rentals @ the Boat Shack Rent sit on top kayaks and canoes to enjoy a peaceful paddle on Little River. Desoto Falls  3 hour rental - $30 kayak $45 tandem kayak or canoe. May 27th and 29th hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 28th hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 256-634-8370 

May 27 Hickers Series: Unfinished Bridges Join the staff from the JSU Field School, DeSoto State Park, and the National Park Service for this exciting hike in our 2017 hiking series. This hike will feature 2 of the ‘Unfinished bridges’ and old culverts/road beds that the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps left unfinished in the early 1940s while developing DeSoto State Park. For this hike we will caravan to Road 5 in the Little River Wildlife Management Area, hike to the 1st unfinished bridge and then hit the trail to the 2nd, which spans Straight Creek. We will come off the trail at Gilliam Loop trailhead and get a ride back to the vehicles. Overall the hiking mileage will be around 3 ½ to 4 miles. Trail Difficulty: Moderate. Meet in the lobby of the Little River Canyon Center and we will caravan to trailhead.  1 p.m. Free and open to the public; for details contact 256-997-5025 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov www.alapark.com/CCC-in-DSP

May 27 Rappelling @ Chicken Rock Explore scenic outcroppings along Lookout Mountain, Alabama. No previous experience is necessary to go deeper into nature in this exciting activity! Cost: $40 per person;  1:30 p.m. For more information email angie@oneworldadventureco.org

May 27 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 27 The Ultimate King of Pop Show King of Pop Legacy Entertainment presents a tribute show featuring celebrity impersonator Bobby Miller as Michael Jackson. Doors open at 7 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m. VIP available. 256-997-0396

May 27 DeSoto State Park Campfire Talk: Snakes Alive! Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors! Learn about the different snake species of NE Alabama, both venomous & nonvenomous; & learn how to tell the difference between the two! Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025  

May 29 Memorial Day Kayak Rentals at The Boat Shack Rent sit-on-top kayaks and canoes to enjoy a peaceful paddle on Little River overlooking beautiful DeSoto Falls! 3 hour rental - $30 kayak (single) $45 tandem kayak or canoe (double) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 256-634-8370 

May 29 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 30 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 31 Wildcrafting Wednesdays A program brought to you by a partnership between One World Adventure, Seven Pines Survival and DeSoto State Park. Wildcrafting is a term for the age-old practice of collecting plant materials in their natural habitat for food, medicine, and craft. These classes are for anyone to build wildcrafting skills and deepen your connection with the natural world. It's also a great program for home-school groups that will help students develop their observation skills, critical thinking and natural intelligence. Led by naturalist Robert Wilson, you will learn Wildcrafting from ethical harvesting to creating nature's medicine cabinet. Most of all, you will be participating hands-on in nature, making it a meaningful and memorable activity. What to bring: Water bottle, notebook and pencil, camera. DeSoto State Park $12 per person - 1 hour class. Pre-registration is required-limited to 10 participants. Email angie@oneworldadventureco.org to pre-register. For questions, contact Robert at sps@sevenpinessurvival.com

June

June 1 GPS Basic Training and Navigation Class Part 1 Learn how to use a map, compass, and a handheld GPS. Learn basic navigation and how to pinpoint a location for quick return, or quick rescue. Also learn how to search by waypoints or coordinates. True Adventure Sports    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  256-997-9577

June 2 Celestial Navigation This two-hour class is a basic introduction to navigation by the stars. Learn how to navigate without the use of a compass or GPS with the same rules used for almost six thousand years. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577 

June 2 Dusty Smith Live at Vintage 1889 Dusty Smith Live at Vintage 1889 in Fort Payne. All you local folks make plans to come see me at a great local Bar/Restaurant in Fort Payne and stay for the food and drinks! 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-845-3380 

June 3 Movin for Main Street 5K and Fun Run Medals to be awarded to the top males and females in the following age groups:  (0-12), (13-15), (16-20), (21-30), (31-40), (41-50), (51-60), (61+). Prizes to be awarded to Overall top male & female in 5K race. Ribbons will be awarded to all Fun Run participants.  Coal and Iron Building; Registration: 7 a.m. and race begins at 8 a.m. Fun Run begins after the 5k at 9 a.m. You can register online.

June 3 Blow An Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Orbix Hot Glass.  Cost is $38 per ornament blown 256-523-3188

June 3 Memories of Mayberry Join the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department for a great day for the whole family! There will be a cruise in, food, fun, entertainment and more. Special guest will be Barney Fife. All proceeds go to the Fire Department. Will be held in the downtown square of Valley Head. 9 a.m. 256-899-3776 or 256-635-6814

June 3 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 3 Great Outdoors Day hosted by Alabama State Parks Enjoy a fun filled day in the great outdoors!Join Alabama State Parks staff and volunteers for this great event showcasing all the many ways that adventures can be had in the Great Outdoors! Come out to enjoy the park with demonstrations, live animal education programs, info tables, guided fitness & nature hikes…and much more! DeSoto State Park 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $2.00 per vehicle for parking. No entrance fee for event. Great for all ages! For more details on activities, email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov or call 256-997-5025

June 3 DeKalb County Fiddlers' Convention Come and enjoy the 108th Anniversary of the DeKalb Fiddlers’ Convention. Held at the Rotary Pavillion in Fort Payne. Registration starts at 11a.m. with contests at noon. Proceeds go to benefit the BWAC and Ft Payne City Schools Arts in Education Program. Adm is $10, Children 10 and under are free. 256-845-2224

 June 3 14th Annual Latino Festival Live Mariachi band, pony rides, face painting, authentic Mexican to Tex-Mex food vendors and so much more.  Northeast Alabama Community College Campus. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  256-638-4418

June 3 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  256-997-9577

June 5 Tiny Tots: Adventures in Nature Join the JSU Field School for fun filled classes just for little kids. Your kids (ages 3-5 years) will learn about animals, plants, bugs, and more all while having fun! 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  JSU’s Little River Canyon Center: $5 per child (Limit 10 children) Parents remain with children for this program. Pre-registration required by the Friday before the program is scheduled.  256-845-3548

June 6 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to Noon 256-997-9577

June 6 – 8 High Adventure Trip This is a 3 day adventure including a Wild Cave Tour, Rock Climbing, An Extreme Night Hike and end with a relaxing canoe trip.  Price includes all activities, attractions, permits, fees, gear, and guides. 10 a.m. 256-997-9577

June 8 Lunch and Learn with James Cowan Eat, chat and enjoy a dynamic speaker line-up with Lunch & Learn, sponsored training sessions taught by innovative business minds.  Each session will provide take-home-and-put-to-use information, which includes topics on leadership, destination retailing, marketing & social media, economic development & incentives, entrepreneurial growth, business processes, and understanding community-initiated development offered to business minded professionals in and around Fort Payne. Held at the Vintage 1889; $15 ticket includes training session, choice of a house special lunch with drink. For every ticket, $5 is also donated towards funding Fort Payne Main Street project initiatives. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 256-845-3380

June 9 Knot Class & Application Introduction and instruction to essential knots and their application for camping, rappelling, rock climbing, outdoor survival, and other applications.  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 9 Full Moon Paddle Experience Come see Little River at Dusk and watch the full moon rise over the treeline and light up the water. $20 per person.  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. To register contact 256-634-8370

June 10 HamFest/Tailgate Come join us for the sales and trading of amateur radio gear. Cost is $5 per person at the gate.Each person gets 1 prize ticket,  Everyone welcome. Additional tickets available at the front. Be ready Solar.  Hosted by Dekalb County Amateur Radio Club. Held at the DeKalb VFW Fairgrounds. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 10 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery at Orbix Hot Glass.  Reservations Required $145 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

June 10 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 10 2nd Annual  Farm-to-Table BBQ We want to welcome friends and neighbors to The Farm at Windy Hill for our Farm-to-Table BBQ.  We will be serving BBQ plates featuring our own pastured pork, fresh-picked-vegetable sides, and homemade pound cake. We will also have more of those great local musician as well as lawn games for all! We will be selling plates of food (BBQ plates and sandwiches, with a senior discount offered on plates), and the event is free for all to attend. 10 a.m. til 1 p.m.

June 10 Orienteering Class Basic yet essential skills for survival navigation are brought to you in map reading, compass reading, and topography.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577 

June 10 Blue Grass on the Rim Jacksonville State University presents the premiere Canyon Concert Blue Grass on the Rim at Little River Canyon. Enjoy bluegrass performers play authentic mountain music, guaranteed to resonate with die-hard bluegrass purists as well as followers of folk, country, rhythm & blues and rock & roll. You’ll hear bluegrass talent from around the country. Doors open at 5 p.m. – so arrive early and bring lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends, to sit before the new Canyon Concert outdoor stage adjacent to the beautiful Little River Canyon National Preserve. Food vendors will be on hand along with on-site restrooms and the other comforts of home. Advanced Tickets are $12, Day of the show $20 and kids under 12 are free. 256-782-5697

June 10 T. Graham Brown In Concert T. Graham Brown will be in concert at Chris Roberts School of Music. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the evening will begin with the Canyonland Vocal band at 7 p.m. T. Graham Brown will take the stage with his band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for dance floor seating and $20 for carpet seating. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 11th and can be purchased at Chris Roberts School of Music, Roger's Pawn, Music, and Jewelry, and Black's Tire in Rainsville. For more information call 256-996-1547

June 11 Forest & Field: Yoga Hike-Little River Trail Interested in starting your day in a positive way? Experience yoga while enjoying the beauty that is Desoto State Park! Join yoga teacher Deidre Brown and park naturalist Brittney Hughes for a great outdoor experience of strengthening yoga poses AND hiking along beautiful trails. This hike will be a mix of trail hiking with an outdoor yoga session. Combining hiking and yoga practice in the great outdoors confers benefits unmatched in any other setting. You get the light cardio and strength-building that hiking offers, the toning, flexibility, and relaxation that yoga offers, and the powerful connection to Mother Nature that being outdoors offers.  This hike will be along the yellow trail following the West Fork of Little River from the DeSoto State Park Lodge onto the historic CCC trailside shelter for some nice views of the river. Moderate hiking, there and back, less than 2 miles. 10 a.m. to Noon DeSoto State Park; Free, but pre-registration is required. Hikes are open to all ages. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more info

June 12 - 16 Overnight Family Camp This is an opportunity for families to explore Lookout Mountain and the surrounding natural places with experienced guides! Each night you will camp under the stars and be amazed each day by the beauty you take it, not to mention the adventure you will experience! Camping, climbing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking in the great outdoors is the perfect way to kick off the best summer vacation ever!! $1250 per family of 4. Additional members $250 each. 256-634-8370

June 12 Zip Line & Sky Swing Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before adventure.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

June 13 Bouldering Adventure – Atop Lookout Mountain Come experience first-hand what bouldering is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. No prior climbing or bouldering experience is needed.  Meet at True Adventure Sports. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 14 Mountaineering Adventure This 4-6 hour adventure starts with a rappel into a low light maze where we will stop and anchor part of the way down the rock wall and travel on the rock face mountaineering style to get to our main destination.  True Adventure Sports 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 15 - 18 Alabama Band Fan Appreciation Weekend Fort Payne's own Country music group ALABAMA invite you to their Fan Club & Museum and weekend activities throughout DeKalb County. Tour the Fan Club, attend an autograph session, enjoy concerts, and much more. 800-557-8223

June 15 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about in the afternoon with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed. TAS   2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 15 Forest & Field: Through the Loupe Join naturalists and artists for this creative nature observation hike, combining art & nature! The focus of this nature walk is to reflect your observations of nature using a personal journaling style…..in many different ways! Learn how to keep your own nature journal while strolling along trails in DeSoto State Park. On this hike, we will be using jeweler’s loupes to take a close look at the mosses, lichens and plants that call our forests home. We will use watercolor paints, pens and pencils to record our observations. Art materials are provided, just bring along your favorite notebook. Watch for other events in this series: each one will be different and seasonal!  DeSoto State Park-5 p.m. Free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited for each event. Hikes are open to ALL ages; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more info.

June 15 Singing with the Stars Teddy Gentry and The Children’s Advocacy Center Presents Singing with the Stars! Held at the NACC Lyceum.  Tickets are now on sale! $15 for adults (18 & older), $8 for students (5-18). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Show at 7 p.m. All proceeds go the Children’s Advocacy Center. 256-997-9700

June 16 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 16 Forest & Field: Journal Journey Join naturalists and artists for this creative nature observation hike, combining art & nature! The focus of this nature walk is to reflect your observations of nature using a personal journaling style…..in many different ways! Learn how to keep your own nature journal while strolling along trails in DeSoto State Park. On this hike, we will individually follow the instructions on the signs along the trail to participate in a variety of nature journaling activities. At the end of the path, the entire group will meet up to share our experiences before we hike back. Art materials are provided, just bring along your favorite notebook. Watch for other events in this series: each one will be different and seasonal! DeSoto State Park Meet at the Nature Center next to the Country Store on Co. Rd. 89. Free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited for each event. Hikes are open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more info. 5 p.m.

June 16 Jeff Cook Fan Appreciation Daze Show Come enjoy Jeff Cook and the All Star Goodtime Band for their annual fan appreciation concert. Concert held at DeKalb Theatre in downtown Fort Payne. Doors open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Get tickets now at www.jeffcook-agb.com or pick up at the door. $20 each 256-845-2286 ext 7

June 16Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  256-997-9577

June 17 9th Annual Freedom Fest 5K & 10K Don't miss the area's largest fun run/walk. Registration and starting of race is at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville. For online registration, contact info and more, visit the website www.racesonline.com Race begins at 8 a.m.

June 17 Forest & Field: Flat-water Kayaking Trip on Little River Take a guided kayaking trip on beautiful Little River to enjoy the early Summer season. Learn about this outstanding water source with its clear water, plant & animal life, and about the history of the area around DeSoto Falls in Dekalb County, Alabama. Roughly 4 miles round trip, with a hammock lunch break included. Kayaks, Life vests, paddles, & hammocks are supplied as well. Kayak weight restriction: 300 pounds. Bring a small pack with lunch and drinking water.  Meet at DeSoto Falls Picnic Area. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free & open to the public. Pre-registration is required; limited to 10 people. Ages 8 and up. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more info

June 17 Rappelling Certification Class This class covers rappelling basics indoor and basics outdoor.  The basics indoor class teaches you about rappelling safety/rappelling gear and its application, rappelling knots and application, and rigging points needed for rappelling. The basics outdoor class reviews safety procedures, knots, gear, and rigging points; then you learn how to safely rappel and do several rappels before returning to the office for the rappelling test and knot exam. Meet at T.A.S. Training Center $165/person Note:  You will receive a class 1 rappelling certification photo ID card upon request and successful completion of this class and exams for a card processing fee of $15.00. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577 

June 17 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In You can come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and more from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-996-3857

June 17 Fan Club Concert with ALABAMA The group Alabama will be performing a concert at the Fan Club.  Limited number of tickets will be available. Must have current Membership number to purchase, or you can purchase a membership to the Alabama Fan Club and then buy tickets to the show. Show is at 7p.m. Limited number of tickets available. On sale March 31, 2017. 256-845-1646

June 17 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 18 Gospel Singing at the Alabama Fan Club All proceeds will go to the Town of Rosalie to help with repairing of tornado destruction.  Show at 2 p.m. ALABAMA Fan Club & Museum (indoor) Limited number of tickets available. Ticket go on sale March 31, 2017. 256-845-1646

June 19 – 23 Overnight Adventure Camp Kids ages 9 – 12 will trek and camp all week in amazing locations along Lookout Mountain and the surrounding areas, learning how to live among a group and take on a range of adventure sports—rock climbing, bouldering, rappelling, canoeing, and kayaking! $375 per camper.  Additional Siblings $350 each 256-634-8370

June 19 Poisonous Plants of Alabama Class This class is a brief overview of many poisonous plants in Alabama. There are many types of poisonous plants, learn how to spot them and what to do if you are affected by them. True Adventure Sports Training Center. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 20 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 21 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 22 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 23 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  256-997-9577

June 24 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to Noon 256-997-9577

June 24 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Orbix Hot Glass. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

June 26Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 27 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

 June 29 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 30 - July 1 DeSoto State Park's Independence Day Celebration DeSoto State Park's Annual Independence Day events atop Lookout Mountain. This annual event is fun for both children & adults! Participate in the flag making contest, materials & flag-making rules will be available at the campground pavilion in the Campground starting Thursday, June 29th. Flags MUST be turned in no later than 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st. Turn in flags at DeSoto's Nature Center, sit back & enjoy DeSoto's parade, & eat home-made ice cream at the annual ice cream social. DeSoto State Park; Free to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

June 30 Independence Day Celebration in Fort Payne The City of Fort Payne invites you to a wonderful celebration with free hot dogs, soft drinks, American flags, live entertainment, and a fantastic fireworks display. Event takes place at the Fort Payne High School football stadium and begins at dusk. 256-845-1524

June 30 Splish & Splash Pool Party Join the fun at our 5th Annual Splish & Splash Pool Party! Cool off in our Olympic-size pool, play pool games, eat home-made ice cream, & enter for door prizes! $1 per person-admission fee. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

July

July 1 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 1 Independence Day Parade This annual event is fun for both children & adults! Decorate your vehicle to show your spirit! Parade will start at 3 p.m. Begins at DeSoto's Park Headquarters & ends in DeSoto's Campground in time for the Ice Cream Social at 4 p.m. If you wish to ride along, meet at DeSoto's Park Headquarters or Improved campground gate a few minutes before 3 p.m. We would love to have you join us in celebrating our Country’s Independence Day! Free to participate! Bring your own comfortable camp chair as seating is limited. Free to participate, & open to everyone!

July 1 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  256-997-9577  

July 4 34th Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival Sand Mountain is well known for its rich diversity of agricultural products, including potatoes. Celebrate our heritage with live music, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and fireworks. Event begins at 10 a.m. and culminates with a beautiful fireworks display. 256-657-6282

July 4 - 6 High Adventure Trip This is a 3 day adventure including a Wild Cave Tour, Rock Climbing, An Extreme Night Hike and end with a relaxing canoe trip.  Price includes all activities, attractions, permits, fees, gear, and guides. 10 a.m. 256-997-9577

July 6 – 9 Alabama State 4-H Horse Show Northeast Alabama Agribusiness Center in Rainsville. 256-638-1650

July 7 GPS Basic Training and Navigation Class Part 1 Learn how to use a map, compass, and a handheld GPS. Learn basic navigation and how to pinpoint a location for quick return, or quick rescue. Also learn how to search by waypoints or coordinates. True Adventure Sports    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  256-997-9577

July 8 Blow An Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Orbix Hot Glass.  Cost is $38 per ornament blown 256-523-3188

July 8 2nd Annual  Farm-to-Table BBQ We want to welcome friends and neighbors to The Farm at Windy Hill for our Farm-to-Table BBQ.  We will be serving BBQ plates featuring our own pastured pork, fresh-picked-vegetable sides, and homemade pound cake. We will also have more of those great local musician as well as lawn games for all! We will be selling plates of food (BBQ plates and sandwiches, with a senior discount offered on plates), and the event is free for all to attend. 10 a.m. til 1 p.m.

July 8 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 10 Rappelling Certification Class This class covers rappelling basics indoor and basics outdoor.  The basics indoor class teaches you about rappelling safety/rappelling gear and its application, rappelling knots and application, and rigging points needed for rappelling. The basics outdoor class reviews safety procedures, knots, gear, and rigging points; then you learn how to safely rappel and do several rappels before returning to the office for the rappelling test and knot exam. Meet at T.A.S. Training Center $165/person Note:  You will receive a class 1 rappelling certification photo ID card upon request and successful completion of this class and exams for a card processing fee of $15.00. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577 

July 11 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577  

July 13 Poisonous Plants of Alabama Class This class is a brief overview of many poisonous plants in Alabama. There are many types of poisonous plants, learn how to spot them and what to do if you are affected by them. True Adventure Sports Training Center. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577  

July 14 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577  

 July 15 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 15 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Orbix Hot Glass. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

July 15 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In You can come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and more from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-996-3857

July 17 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 17 Night Sky Swing Adventure This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing at night. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  Meet at True Adventure Sports 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577  

July 18 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 19 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about in the afternoon with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed. TAS   2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577  

July 20 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to Noon 256-997-9577  

July 21 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 22 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery at Orbix Hot Glass.  Reservations Required $145 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

July 22 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 22 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 24 – August 1 Teen Leadership Camp An opportunity for teens ages 13-17 to take on meaningful outdoor leadership roles within all areas of their life. They will push their limits on a nine-day expedition in the wilderness and grow their outdoor skills, building lasting knowledge and experience they can use throughout their lives. This program is ideal for youth who are going into education or plan to work with youth in any capacity. $675.00 Additional Siblings $650 each. 256-634-8370

July 29 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August

August 3 - 6 31st Annual World’s Longest Yard Sale Travel the scenic byways of America for more than 450-miles of yard sales and unique treasure finds. Follow the Lookout Mountain Parkway from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga, TN for the southern portion of the sale. Connect with the U.S. Highway 127 in Chattanooga for the remainder of the route to Hudson, MI. 888-805-4740   

August 26 13th Annual Fyffe UFO Day Hot Air Balloon Rides showcase this unique family outing! Arts and crafts, children’s games, food vendors, antique tractors, live entertainment, street dance and much more make this event fun for the whole family. Gates open at 9 a.m. and music starts at 10 a.m. 256-623-2222

 

September

September 9 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Orbix Hot Glass. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

September 16 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery at Orbix Hot Glass.  Reservations Required $145 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

September 16 Boom Days Heritage Celebration This annual art and musical event displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area.  Many events will take place the week prior to the celebration on Saturday. The Boom Days Heritage Celebration will feature many of these facets in the presentation of musical performances as well as art displays in City Park.  10 a.m.  256-845-1524  

September 22 - 23 Collinsville Annual Quilt Walk Stroll through the beautiful historic Victorian homes of downtown Collinsville and view some of the most wonderfully handcrafted quilts you have ever seen. Hours are Friday Noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 256-524-3296

September 23 Blow An Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Orbix Hot Glass.  Cost is $38 per ornament blown 256-523-3188

October

October 21 - 22 Mentone Colorfest Come and enjoy the Fall season at the annual Mentone Colorfest. This event is filled with arts, crafts, great food, live entertainment and much more. It is held at the scenic Mentone Brow Park and downtown Mentone on Saturday and Sunday. mentonecolorfest@gmail.com

November

November 4 9th Annual Canyon Fest: A Celebration of Arts and Nature Little River Canyon Field School and Interpretive Center want you to come and enjoy live music, nature and arts activities, arts demonstrations and sales, great food, vendors, children's activities and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-782-5697

November 11 Collinsville Historic Turkey Trot Join us for food, fun and games. An antique car and tractor show, turkey shoot, cake walk, and historic “turkey toss” from the roof of a building make this an event fun for all ages. Sponsored in part by the Collinsville Historic Association. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-524-2788